Missed all but one game last season with a torn hamstring... granted a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA... heads out of spring practice as the Cougars? number-one tight end... one of the top tight ends in Conference USA... has a good combination of run-blocking and pass-catching skills... even possesses elusive moves in the open field... has put on 40 pounds of muscle since arriving to UH in the fall of 1999... 2003: Made his first appearance of the season at Louisiana-Lafayette after sitting out the first two games with a hamstring injury? was unable to compete following that contest... 2002: Named to the Second-Team, Conference USA... played in all 12 games that season, including three games as a starter... led UH receivers with four receptions, including two touchdowns, against Army? hauled in 10-yard and four- yard scoring strikes against the Black Knights? tied for the Cougar lead with three receptions at Memphis and set a new personal single-game best with 68 receiving yards? gave the Cougars their final points of the day with a 48-yard touchdown reception? hauled in two catches for 33 yards against Louisville in the season finale? 2001: Missed the entire season recovering from off-season surgery on both shoulders... 2000: Played in all 11 games, including six games as a starter... was sixth on the team in receptions with 16 for 153 yards... also had two touchdown catches, one versus Cincinnati and the other against Memphis ... had six catches for 41 yards in the crucial win over Memphis... had a career-best 67 yards on three catches in win over Army... had three receptions versus Cincinnati... recorded two tackles on special teams? 1999: Played in all 11 games three seasons as a true freshman? recorded one catch for three yards? also recorded one assisted tackle on special teams? High School: A First-Team, All-Area selection as a senior in 1998... member of the Super Prep All-Region squad? also qualified for the All-County team... earned Honorable Mention, All-State honors following his junior and senior seasons... named one of Florida?s Top 100 by the Orlando Sentinel... the only player on the team to play both offense and defense? played both tight end and defensive end... recorded 26 receptions as a senior?credited with 11 sacks during his junior and senior years... helped his team to 1998 State Championship? Personal: Born May 4, 1981, in Bradenton, Fla? son of Steve Cucci, Sr? followed high school teammates Arthur Gissendanner and Greg Holte to UH? majoring in sports administration.
Cucci?s Career Receiving Statistics